Come Sunday

Come Sunday

by Morley
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Come Sunday by Morley

A wonderful new storyteller unleashes a soaring debut that sweeps from the hills of Hawaii to the veldt of South Africa.

Come Sunday is that joyous, special thing: a saga that captivates from the very first page, breaking our hearts while making our spirits soar.

Abbe Deighton is a woman who has lost her bearings. Once a child of the African plains, she is now settled in Hawaii, married to a minister, and waging her battles in a hallway of monotony. There is the leaky roof, the chafing expectations of her husband’s congregation, and the constant demands of motherhood. But in an instant, beginning with the skid of tires, Abbe’s battlefield is transformed when her three-year-old daughter is killed, triggering in Abbe a seismic grief that will cut a swath through the landscape of her life and her identity.

What an enthralling debut this is! What a storyteller we have here! As Isla Morley’s novel sweeps from the hills of Honolulu to the veldt of South Africa, we catch a hint of the spirit of Barbara Kingsolver and the mesmerizing truth of Jodi Picoult. We are reminded of how it felt, a while ago, to dive into the drama of The Thorn Birds.

Come Sunday is a novel about searching for a true homeland, family bonds torn asunder, and the unearthing of decades-old secrets. It is a novel to celebrate, and Isla Morley is a writer to love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374126872
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

ISLA MORLEY grew up in South Africa during apartheid. During the country’s State of Emergency, she graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth with a degree in English literature. By 1994 she was one of the youngest magazine editors in South Africa, but she left career, country, and kin when she married an American and moved to the United States. For more than a decade she pursued a career in nonprofit work, focusing on the needs of women and children. Now in the Los Angeles area, she shares a home with her husband, their daughter, two cats, a dog, and a tortoise.

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Come Sunday 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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SAHARATEA More than 1 year ago
Come Sunday, Isla Morley Nominated for the Commonwealth Prize of Australia Come Sunday is a story that explores the tragic devastation of a couple after their small child is accidentally killed. A seemingly matched pair, the two choose alternating paths to recover from their daughter Cleo's death. No one is free from the tragic ripples that spread out in the days after the accident. First, the novel alternates by showing the coping mechanisms of the husband Greg, a pastor in a small church, who dives into his work to find meaning in Cleo's death. At the same time, Cleo's mother Abbe handles her grief in a more withdrawn way: her crisis in faith is mixed with the crisis in friendship, and the blame she needs to bestow in order to cope. Strangely, the events lead her to recollect the abuse she and her brother had suffered in their childhood home in South Africa...memories she had long avoided. The death becomes the watershed of all the emotions she held in check for so many years, and creates a turning point for her. At times, her mourning is complicated between grief for her daughter and for herself. The different rituals and superstition that were present in South Africa, especially in view of bad omens, are at times fascinating. And yet they remain incapable of either preventing harm or in helping someone cope. In many cases, what they consider a bad omen is simply hindsight trying to find a meaning for the inexplicable. I really wanted to say I liked this was complex and relevant, after all. My only complaint was in the character of Abbe...the main character of the novel. Her behavior both before and after Cleo's death didn't seem realistic. At times she's described as falling apart, but her actions seem more purposeful than someone who is insane with grief. Her tone in different conversations appears off somehow, almost emotionless, and there's no other details that would reveal her emotionless state is part of the grief process. The husband Greg seemed too accepting of the loss. The disintegration of their marriage is easy to see coming. The most fascinating character to me was of Cleo's uncle, Rhiann, who felt more emotionally real. All said, it's a fascinating glimpse at both Hawaii and South Africa, and the complex course that emotional recovery takes.
Jennifer-Reads More than 1 year ago
Come Sunday, Isla Morley's first novel, came highly recommended. Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants, called it "A heart-wrenching tale of unthinkable loss and hard-won healing. This is a novel to savor." The San Diego Union Tribune dubbed it "An arresting, heart-wrenching novel... a phenomenal debut." It was a finalist for The Commonwealth Prize. And from the time I picked it up until I read the last sentence, I was not disappointed. Come Sunday was easily the best novel I have read in a long time. Isla Morley is a talented writer whose lyrical words, intricately woven story line, and colorful characters keep the reader coming back chapter after chapter and wishing for more at the conclusion of the last line. Come Sunday's protagonist, Abbe, is lost. She is lost long before her three-year-old daughter Cleo is hit by a car and killed. In trying to escape her past, play the role of pastor's wife and mommy, and succeed professionally, she has lost the girl she once was and the woman she hoped to become. This is not a book about the death of a child as much as it is a book about one woman's struggle to find herself and live again after the loss of her daughter upsets the delicate balance she has established in order to move day by day through life. This book will run you through the gamut emotionally. You will find yourself lost in Abbe's depression, bristling with her anger, and in the end, soaring as she finally finds hope enough to forgive and live again. This would be a wonderful book for a book club discussion. The book is set in both Hawaii and South Africa, both present and past (during Apartheid). It delves into Christianity as well as the spirituality of the native African people. It is the story of dreams and expectations as compared to the reality of living in an imperfect world. Materials to assist in your reading group discussions are available from the publisher's (Picador/Macmillan) website. Fair warning: There is some profanity in this book. I have read several reviews that condemn the book on this alone. In my opinion, the profanity is used to authenticate the dialogue of an alcoholic father and at times, the desperation and despair of a seemingly endless grief. I did not feel it was used prolifically or needlessly. I received this book from Picador in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts printed in this review are entirely my own.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Abbe is a restless young mother living on the outskirts of Honolulu with her husband, Greg, the pastor at a small church. Their lives are suddenly riven by tragedy when their three-year old daughter, Cleo, is struck and killed by a car. As Greg turns to God and community for comfort, Abbe turns inward and reflects upon her own troubled past. Isla Morley brilliantly weaves the story of Abbe's grief with a gripping tale of her tempestuous childhood in apartheid South Africa - and how Abbe's father, a villainous drunk, held their family hostage for decades with his rage, until they finally began to plot their escape from him. Come Sunday, by Isla Morley, is a spellbinding drama about a woman breaking free of her grief and of her past, and what it takes to revive hope when all seems lost. - excerpt from back cover. My Review: In this wonderful story of what good can come from tragedy, we are immersed in the lives of the parents of Cleo who has just been taken from them at three years old. We are witnesses to what happens in the midst of loss and how each person handles the grief in a different manner. Greg, a pastor, feels that he has to hold onto God, while Abbe is the extreme opposite and wonders where God was the night Cleo's life was taken. This is a very moving novel in that you can see both sides of the tragic coin and loss being portrayed in their lives and even as Abbe tries to see the parallel in her own life as a child living with an abusive father in Africa. The choices of those around her and even that of her mother come full circle as the book comes to a closure and once more Abbe can see that Sundays do come again and with it hope is restore and life begins again. I received this book, compliments of Picador Publishers in exchange for my honest and humble review of this amazing book. It was hard to read about losing a child, being a parent, but it also allowed me the rare opportunity to feel the heartache each parent faces without having to live it in the real world. I think Isla Morley did an outstanding job at conveying this to her readers and would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. The book is available in paperback.
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This is a wonderfully written novel, compelling in its story line. The characters are real and tragic. It was a book that I hated to see end. The descriptions of Hawaii and Johannesburg are spot-on. I look forward to hearing from this author again.
kara63 More than 1 year ago
sad story
Won-by-One More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! I smiled, I cried, I laughed, I winced, I blushed, I guessed.....wrong......I begrudged being forced to put it down..... I stole a sentence at a traffic light. I sighed, I remembered. I can't wait to hear more from Isla Morley!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't actually read this book, but the author i s my friend, and she is giving me advice on writing my own book, that I have been working on for awhile....she is so nice, and I look forward to reading her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a really good book i go to school with her daughter and we are good friends.